I was finally able to attend WorkHuman Live this year thanks to my new employer. After pining over it for the past three years, I kept pinching myself up until I was on a plane to Nashville to make sure it was real.
I always get plenty out of any HR conference/seminar – employment law updates, insights on leadership, FMLA tips, standard things I think many folks in our industry look at as the most important . They’re not entirely wrong.
But I’m in HR because the human aspect is where I’m completely invested. I don’t go home at night thinking about whether or not we’re meeting ACA guidelines. Slow down. I do those things in the office because they have to be done. I go home thinking about whether or not the policy we’re about to roll out is easy to understand, fair for as many people as possible, and is something I’ll be proud to stand behind. I sit in traffic and wonder if we’re trusting our employees enough or if we’re giving our managers the right tools to be the best leaders they can.
I’ve just always been a big fan of bringing humanity to the workplace and that’s what WorkHuman lives and breathes. I’d heard the hype about these conferences and the keynote speakers over the past few years had been enough to get anyone excited about going. I was slightly concerned it might be one of those Kool-Aid drinking situations, but I was fully prepared to guzzle that juice right on down.
When I first got to the convention center/humongous hotel the conference was taking place, I wandered around a bit because my room wasn’t ready yet. One of the very first pieces of WorkHuman signage I ran into was a giant banner that said, “You belong here.” I was hoping that would be true, more like a rarity for me at most HR conferences.
The people that attend WorkHuman are my people. They get we have to believe in humans and they want to believe in humans.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that, yeah, I did belong there.